St. Iakovos Retreat Center
The St. Iakovos Retreat Center (SIRC) is a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. The SIRC is a place where people of all ages can come together to share in fellowship and grow in faith. Through the generous support of the Hellenic Foundation our ministry is growing. In 2017 the Hellenic Foundation funded the hiring of a Marketing and Programs
Coordinator, who’s mission it is to not only spread the ministry of the SIRC, but to create new and dynamic programs to grow the ministry of the SIRC. The project was such a success that the Hellenic Foundation has chosen to partner with the SIRC again, to expand bring more joyous fruit to the people and parishes of the Metropolis of Chicago.
In addition to the Programs and Marketing Coordinator the SIRC has hired an Events Coordinator to aid in the success of our retreats and programs. The Programs and Marketing Coordinator is the voice of the Retreat Center, while the Events Coordinator is the voice at the retreat center.
Ms. Fabiola Sweis is the Programs and Marketing Coordinator at the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center. Fabiola has significant marketing experience from her time working at the National MS Society, March of Dimes, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Life Time Fitness. Though, she has served in many capacities for various organizations, her true passion and drive lays to serve within the Church. With her new role Fabiola will have the opportunity to combine her marketing experience,
with her passion and expertise in designing successful programs. Fabiola is a member of the St. Mary’s Parish in Palos Hills, graduate of the University of Illinois and a current student in the St. Stephens program for masters in Applied Orthodox Theology.
Mr. Arun Modayil, MTH. Is the Events Coordinator hired by the St. Iakovos Retreat Center. Arun has previous experience working in the Orthodox Church having served for many years for the Indian Orthodox Church in America. His experience includes youth programming and development, parish administration as well as direct experience serving for the Bishop. In his capacity with the Indian Orthodox Church Aurn has traveled throughout the country speaking at and running retreats for people of all ages. In his capacity at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center, Arun helps to coordinate all events taking place at the facility, as well has work with all our usage and rental groups. This allows him to share his gifts and experience he gained while serving the Church with Ms. Sweis. Arun is a graduate of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam
The St. Iakovos Retreat Center Board of Directors and Staff are excited about the growth and expanded ministry we now offer and would like to sincerely thank the Hellenic Foundation for their extreme generosity. The up-coming programs have been well received by the community, engaging many more people in this unique and dynamic ministry.